Gibernau maintains Catalunya pole

Sete Gibernau will start tomorrow's Catalan GP from pole position. The Spaniard took provisional pole position on Friday after setting an amazing 1:42.934 lap. Even Valentino Rossi thought Gibernau could not get any faster, but the Barcelona...

Sete Gibernau will start tomorrow's Catalan GP from pole position. The Spaniard took provisional pole position on Friday after setting an amazing 1:42.934 lap. Even Valentino Rossi thought Gibernau could not get any faster, but the Barcelona native proved him wrong as he cut three tenths of a second from his Friday provisional pole time.

Rossi had a better second day of qualifying. The Italian only managed a fourth best on Friday, but climbed himself onto second place today. Another surprise was Nicky Hayden's third position. The AMA champion had only managed a fifth place and a time of 1:43.840 on Friday, but today that was cut by more than half a second.

Max Biaggi will lead the second row of the grid. The Roman emperor will be followed by Marco Melandri and Alex Barros on the HRC-Spec Repsol Honda.

Third row will be led by Spaniard Ruben Xaus, who also leads the Ducati attack. John Hopkins will grid next to Xaus, with Makoto Tamada rounding up the third row.

The heat of Catalunya is a killer on tires, riders and machinery. In the post-qualifying press conference, Rossi warned that tires would be a big issue if the weather continued.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Max Biaggi , Valentino Rossi , Alex Barros , Sete Gibernau , John Hopkins , Ruben Xaus , Makoto Tamada , Marco Melandri